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Plenary Sessions

We are excited to announce that the 2021 NENHC will have two plenary presentations. Details will be listed here as confirmed:

Plenary #1 (hosted by AFO): Day and Time to be determined

Leaping to Conclusions: Courtship and Mating System of a Neotropical Bird

with Regina Macedo, Laboratório de Comportamento Animal, Universidade de Brasilia

Regina H. Macedo obtained a B.S. in Biology (1983) at Universidade de Brasilia, a M.Sc. in Zoology (1986) and a Ph.D. in Zoology (1991) at the University of Oklahoma. She has been a Professor at Universidade de Brasilia since 1993, where she established the Animal Behavior Lab and and created academic courses in Ornithology and Animal Behavior. The focus of her research has been on the evolution of social behavior and the operation of natural and sexual selection in shaping mating systems of Neotropical birds. She has published over 100 research articles and edited several books that focus on the Neotropical fauna. During her career she mentored 51 graduate students, many of whom are now established in Brazilian research institutions. Her service contributions to the academic and scientific communities include acting as President of the Animal Behavior Society, hosting an Animal Behavior Meeting in Brazil, and helping to organize other international meetings in her country, including the Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology and the International Ethological Conference. She served as Editor for Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia (former Ararajuba), Guest Editor for a Special Issue in Animal Behaviour, Associate Editor for Behavioral Ecology, Frontiers in Zoology and Emu-Austral Ornithology, and provided the technical revision for a Portuguese translation of John Alcock´s textbook, Animal Behavior (9th edition). She was named an Elective Member (2007), Fellow (2009) and Honorary Fellow (2012) of the American Ornithologists´ Union, a Fellow of the International Ornithologists´ Union (2010) and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society (2019). In 2020 she was awarded the William Brewster Memorial Award from the American Ornithologists´ Union.



Plenary #2 (hosted by WOS): Day and Time to be determined

Long-term Research on an Ordinary Extraordinary Songbird: The Dark-eyed Junco

with Ellen Ketterson, Distinguished Professor in the Biology Department and Science Advisor and Founding Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University

Ellen attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she earned all her university degrees. As a PhD student in the early 1970s, she studied ecology under Val Nolan Jr. and pursued post-doctoral research in eco-physiology with James R. King at Washington State University. After a short stint as Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Ellen returned to Indiana University where she has been on the faculty ever since. The common theme in all of Ellen's research has been organismal biology in relation to ecology, evolution, and behavior. For Ellen, it is essential to study birds in the wild…. to follow where the bird leads…… and to conduct research in collaboration with others who make the research better and add to the pleasure of discovery.

Ellen Ketterson

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